Justin Olivetti

Senior Reporter

A casual gamer and long-time MMO fan, Justin is often heard yelling, "Player housing for all!" in the Massively Overpowered offices. In addition to news, he tackles LOTRO Legendarium for LOTRO, The Perfect Ten, Jukebox Heroes, the retrospective Game Archaeologist series, One Shots, and the Massively OP podcast.

Personal blog: BioBreak
Twitter: @sypster

DC Universe Online gets lucky with its St. Patrick’s Day event

The impish and mischevious Mister Mxyzptlk is up to no good in DC Universe Online. The pint-sized villain is wreaking havok during this week’s St. Patrick’s Day event, which is running through March 26th.

Players can tackle the Mxyleprechauns mission to see if they can get a hold of some of Mister Mxyzptlk’s riches before time runs out. New this year are a pair of feats, a “Shamrock Strike Uplink Device,” and some additional decor for player bases.

The St. Patty’s Day Event has been running annually since 2011, and you can check out the wiki for a full rundown of its offerings. Good luck catching him and saving the city at the same time!


Project Gorgon has officially launched on Steam early access with a big sale

The time is here for brave Gorgoneers to suit up, face curses, and brave the lands of beta testing. Project Gorgon has officially gone into Steam early access as of today, bringing the game out of its years-long public alpha and into its next phase.

The MMO is 25% off through March 19th, meaning that you can pick up this buy-to-play title for $30. The website also received a facelift to mark the occasion. Early access is planned to run for about a year, at the end of which players will be able to retain their characters and skills, but items will be wiped for the launch.

For the uninitiated, Project Gorgon is “a fantasy MMORPG that features an immersive experience that allows the player to forge their own path through exploration and discovery. You won’t be guided through a world on rails, and as a result there are many hidden secrets awaiting discovery. Project Gorgon also features an ambitious skill-based leveling system that bucks the current trend of pre-determined classes, thus allowing the player to combine skills in order to create a truly unique playing experience.”

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Secret World Legends is going to South Africa on April 4

No, it turns out that the Congo was never the intent of Funcom after all for Secret World Legends’ next jaunt, but South Africa instead. The studio announced today that it will be rolling out the first part of Season Two of the storyline next month on April 4th.

Called Dawn of the Morninglight, the update marks the first piece of truly new story content that Secret World Legends has produced since the game’s reboot from The Secret World last year. The free update will take players to South Africa where they will infiltrate a Morninglight compound called New Dawn and attempt to rise up from within the ranks. Along the way they’ll encounter beasts “inspired by South African folklore” and learn a few new truths about this sinister cult.

“This is it, this is the next chapter every Secret World player have been waiting for,” says Producer Josh Mills. “Ever since we left off in Tokyo before going free-to-play, players have been wanting to know what happens next. The whole team is really excited to finally be able to provide some answers to that and taking the story into a location such as South Africa has been an absolute blast. This is Secret World Legends unlike you’ve ever seen it before.”

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The Daily Grind: Are you going to play Project Gorgon’s early access?

People, I am frustrated. But in a good way.

With the activation of RIFT Prime, the release of LOTRO’s Northern Mirkwood, and now this week’s launch of Project Gorgon on Steam early access, my MMO dance card is beyond full. Yet I cannot fathom ignoring Gorgon, as I’ve been waiting years for the game to get to a point where it is ready for full-fledged adventures. With this release, I think it is there.

So I will be playing with bells and whistles on, and I think Eliot might too, especially after his effusive praise of the game in his Choose My Adventure series. It’s such a quirky and fun title in the vein of Asheron’s Call that has a lot of us on staff rooting for its success.

But what about you? Now that the early access barrier has been breached, will you be trying out Project Gorgon to see if it’s worth the fuss?

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Dauntless prepares a massive test center patch

Think you know Dauntless? Think again. The behemoth-slaying fantasy game is undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts as the developers prepare some rather significant changes and content additions for the test build.

These changes include reshaping the server infrastructure so that players across the world can game together, enriching the islands that players will visit, revisiting the axe combat style, and improving the challenge of behemoth encounters. All of these will be bundled together in an upcoming update for testers to evaluate.

Composer Cris Velasco announced on Twitter that he is getting ready to record the soundtrack for the game, which should add a nice audio element that has been missing from the game so far.


Dark and Light adds lava shoe sprinting and mobile fortress artillery

Last week’s Dark and Light patch made the game function better than ever before, with a noticeable decrease in the loading times and several optimizations designed to improve performance.

But if you’re looking for sexy features, how about the ability to sprint while wearing lava shoes? Sure, your feet may be burning off at the calves, but you’re going to look pretty awesome zooming along and hurting anyone you run into. The patch also added mobile fortress artillary as way to put the hurt on large creatures and other mobile fortresses.

The team did note that the patch added many new bugs and issues, which it is working to eliminate in the near future.


World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth sells physical pre-purchases in Europe

Why would somebody want to pick up a physical box with a digital game code inside of it in 2018? It’s hard to say, really. But for those players, at least the ones in Europe, they can go ahead and pre-purchase World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth from select retailers.

Blizzard is making the pre-purchase for the expansion available in stores and stresses that this does not contain a physical disc (just in case you were trying to head off downloading bandwith or something). Instead, each box holds a code that can be applied to an account that will secure it for the expansion and allow immediate access to a level 110 character boost.

The pre-purchase page lists all of the retailers in their various countries, so if you’re on the prowl for a copy and don’t (or can’t) buy it through the Blizzard online store itself, this is the best way to find the nearest outlet that is selling these.


Guild Wars 1 programmer answers fan questions, affirms the game’s continued existence

Do you have any burning questions about Guild Wars? No, not Guild Wars 2 — the original, the one that has long fallen out of the public eye? ArenaNet Studio Tech Director Stephen Clarke-Willson, who goes by SCW on the forums, posted an open AMA on Reddit for those still curious about the old game.

And before you ask, no, the studio isn’t going to be making any content changes to this maintenance mode title. “It’s hard work just to get the art tools up and running, so making content changes are pretty unlikely,” he told one player. There are also no plans for an HD version.

He does go into a lot of the details of the server structure, the creation of the technology behind the game, and how ArenaNet streamlined the title to make it accessible and low cost.

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SWTOR teases God of the Machine’s final boss

God of the Machine, one of Star Wars: The Old Republic’s premiere endgame operations, is not a new addition to the game. But it has been incomplete, as BioWare has slowly been adding to its encounters over the past year. Next week when Game Update 5.8 arrives, the final boss will be added and players will be able to go through the complete operation from start to finish.

BioWare teased two images of Izak the Destroyer, a truly gargantuan droid who looks like it also has some sort of protective force field, as a way to generate hype for the March 20th patch. Check them out after the break and brush off your skills — you’re going to need them!

Oh, and it looks as though a plague has broken out on Corellia. Again. So, you know, get on that.

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Smalland shrinks you down and throws you to the squirrels

Did you ever watch Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and think to yourself that you would have done so much better in that unlikely but intriguing survival situation? Well then, it’s time to put your boasts to gameplay because Smalland is here and it wants to shrink you to the size of a cricket to see if you can make it as a micro-hero.

Probably not. Face it, you’re going to be squirrel chow within about two minutes. But those will be two glorious minutes of furious screenshotting.

So while the survival game formula hasn’t changed much — food, water, shelter, and safety are of paramount importance — the shift in size lends an interesting twist to Smalland’s environments. The studio behind this game recently came into some additional funding and is expanding its team and scope as it powers toward a release later this year.

Check out the trailer after the break and let us know what you think!

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The MOP Up: Dragonball Online kicks off beta testing (March 11, 2018)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from FlyffRecord of Lodoss WarOld School RuneScapeLineage 2 RevolutionCorum OnlineZombie BarricadesFinal Fantasy XIMU OnlineRagnarok OnlinePokebel OnlinePath of ExileProsperous UniverseWakfuDragonball Online Global, all waiting for you after the break!

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Jukebox Heroes: World of Warcraft’s best music, part 4

We are getting right down to it in our look at the top 32 best World of Warcraft tracks. In today’s column, we’ll be breaking into the top 10 with some of my absolute favorite pieces that have been added to this long-running (and extensively scored) MMO.

If you’ve been going on this journey with me this far, I want to thank you for your patience and interest! For me, it has been a great reminder of the game’s musical journey so far and has also served to whet my desire for Battle for Azeroth’s score.

Let’s get going!

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Mythic and Undead Labs’ Sanya Weathers jumps over to Legends of Aria’s Citadel Studios

If you’ve been following the MMO industry for a while, chances are you’ve seen the name Sanya Weathers pop up from time to time. Weathers has been both an MMO reporter and a community manager for various studios, including Undead Labs, Metaverse, and Mythic Entertainment. Now she has a new job at Legends of Aria’s Citadel Studios, and she’s bringing her experience and energy to this indie MMO.

It sounds as if Weathers is pretty stoked to be back working on an MMO: “Being part of a world like Legends of Aria is like coming home for me. This is going to be amazing, y’all. There is a lot going on behind the scenes, and I’ll be able to share some of it soon.”

She did say that she’s spending a lot of time right now preparing for Legends of Aria’s appearance at PAX East next month, where the game will have a small booth.


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